Russell “Russ” Daniel Jackson, Jr., age 76, of Pittsburgh, passed away on Tuesday, January 26, 2016, at home under Family Hospice & Palliative Care, with his wife by his side. He was born April 6, 1939, in the Frog Town (East Liberty) section of Pittsburgh, to Russell Sr. and Geraldine (Campbell) Jackson. The eldest of six children, he was educated in the Pittsburgh Public School system. From birth, he was an avid sports fan and participant. In his youth, he played baseball for Peabody High School, from which he graduated in 1956, also with a city traveling all-star team, and excelled to the point of garnering a tryout with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
He also loved his Pittsburgh teams, and represented wherever he traveled. Russell, who was a very hard and dedicated worker, held many long term positions throughout his adult life, up until his retirement in 2001, from his Heavy Cleaner/Fireman B position with the Pittsburgh Public Schools. On March 14, 1987, Russell married the love of his life, Elizabeth “Liz” Ann Golden, whom he really enjoyed providing for and spending time, hosting family and traveling with. Affectionately known as “Pap”, he also loved spending time with his grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his mother, father and younger brother, John Jackson, Sr.
Russell is survived by his loving wife of 29 years, Liz; daughters from a previous marriage, Deidre Kennedy of Raleigh, NC and Renee Jackson; sons, Bruce Mullen, Jr. (Tina)and David Washington, Jr.; and daughter, Audrey Thomas (Kenyatta); sisters, Barbara Young, Marsha Washington (Charles); brothers, William Jackson and Karlton Jackson; 13 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren, with one on the way; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws and friends.
Per Russell’s wishes, there will be no public viewing or funeral service. The family would like to thank everybody for their love and support, especially the people who helped Russell in his time of illness, as he suffered from dementia for the last 10 years of his life. Arrangements provided by Willig Funeral Home & Crematory, McKeesport.
Originally published January 29, 2016.